Never Too Late Documentary Film to Premiere on Virginia PBS Television
“Never Too Late” is the title of the latest CD album by saxophonist J. Plunky Branch and his critically acclaimed funk jazz group, Plunky & Oneness. But it is also the title of the documentary film about Plunky’s 40th anniversary of performing and producing music in Richmond, VA. The documentary will have its television premiere Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 9:00 PM on WCVE (PBS)-TV, Virginia’s Idea Station and it will air again on WCVW Richmond PBS on Tuesday, September 8 at 10:00 PM.
Produced in conjunction with the Virginia State University (VSU) Department of Mass Communication, Plunky: Never Too Late – The Documentary is narrated by Plunky himself as he speaks of his history, philosophy and his music while preparing for his anniversary celebration concert. The viewer travels with Plunky as he prepares for the upcoming big show, rehearsing with his band and doing interviews about his career. The cameras are backstage and even in the dressing room before the artists take the stage. Local musicians and celebrities who have worked with Plunky over the years are featured in the concert and in the film and there are interviews with audience members on the red carpet on the night of the gala event.
The film was directed and edited by VSU grad student Brandon Davis who worked with a team of mass communication students, professional producers and Plunky’s band to create a first rate documentary worthy of being shown in film festivals, libraries and classrooms. The project was conceived by Plunky as a vehicle to archive his journey and the momentous occasion of his 40th year celebration. Dr. Ishmail Conway, chairman of the mass communication department, endorsed the project as a vehicle to have his students involved with a community icon and to work on a meaningful production while gaining invaluable experience. He said, “This is the kind of work that we do in the department, educating our students and at the same time producing real works that can impact the community.”